Metal Switchboards

While we know the phrase ‘standard metal switchboard’ gets thrown around a lot, and there are nuances to every design, we have curated three metal switchboard systems that should cover the basics.

The S Series, which is our standardised switchboards, comprises of just a PAN assembly and an option for a 63A or 100A main switch. Tails from the main switch to the PAN. E/N bar to suit. 

The LC Series switchboard distribution options include: PAN Assembly (includes wiring tails), Multiclip or, Comb bar distribution. Or, you can opt for a switchboard with just the main switch and rails for you to populate. All options come with a 100A main switch and E/N bar to suit. Wiring is not included with multiclip or comb bar unless requested. 

The W Series is our metal option for domestic applications. You can choose if you want any distribution (Multiclip or comb bar) to go with the rails and 100A main switch. Again, wiring is an optional extra. E/N bar to suit. 

In the past, we have created switchboard designs that fits a clients standard application. If you need to add extra MCBs or re-design a switchboard we have shown to suit your needs, please contact us to request a quote.


S Series metal switchboards for 4TP to 24TP distribution

S Series

240mm Deep Metalwork 

  • Standard switchboards using PAN assemblies
  • Sizes start at 500 x 500mm and increase in 125mm increments
  • 4TP to 24TP PAN Assembly
  • 63A or 100A main switch
  • PVC gland plates top and bottom
  • 2mm white PVC masking panel
  • Thumb latch
  • E/N bar to suit
  • Tails from main switch to PAN
  • 1.6mm zinc plated steel metal work
  • Powdercoated cream ripple finish
LC series metal switchboards with distribution or din rails custom switchboard

LC Series

160mm Deep Metalwork

  • Three cabinet sizes.
  • 8TP to 24TP PAN assembly, or
  • 8TP Multiclip/s, or
  • 24 to 96 single phase way din rails.
  • PAN cabinets include wiring from main switch to PAN. (not shown in image)
  • 63A or 100A main switch.
  • PVC gland plates top and bottom.
  • Punched metal masking panel
  • Slide latch.
  • E/N bar to suit.
  • 1.6mm zinc plated steel metal work. 
  • powder coated cream ripple finish.

W series metal switchboard for custom domestic switchboards

W Series

130mm Deep Metalwork

  • Four cabinet sizes.
  • 18 to 90 single phase din rails.
  • Optional distribution (comb bar or multiclip)
  • 63A or 100A main switch.
  • No wiring unless requested.
  • Optional flush surround.
  • Split E/N bar to suit.
  • Punched metal masking panel
  • Slide Latch.
  • Designed with domestic applications in mind.
  • Wall recess guides on metalwork.
  • 1.6mm zinc plated steel metalwork.
  • Powder coated white gloss finish.

Custom Switchboards

Site-Specified & Bespoke custom switchboards, please go to contact us page. 

Large metal switchboard on black wall with 200A main switch

2250 x 2500 x 240mm, 250A Main Switchboard

small distribution switchboard on concrete pillar in basement

1250 x 500 x 240mm, x2 6TP Distribution

grey kiosk for a wastewater pump on the side of the road

1850 x 1100 x 550mm, Ali Kiosk with Pump Switchboard

medium switchboard replacement  in a cowshed

1125 x 2000 x 240mm, 100A Cowshed Switchboard


What sets us apart from other switchboard builders?

Quality Workmanship.

At emf Switchboards, we are electricians building switchboards with the electrician in mind. Safety, reliability and simplicity are the key features of all our designs. Our aim is minimise installation costs while providing safe and reliable switchboard solutions to match the needs of the site.

The past 20 years of building switchboards has allowed us to design and refine our own switchboard systems so that you, the sparkie, gets the best version of our systems in your switchboard. 

  • Masking Panels

     Routered Masking Panels:

    • 2mm White PVC
    • Only cut out the circuit breakers you need.
    • No more pole fillers to fall out.
    • Cut out with a sharp knife.
    • Smooth, shiny PVC that stays clean! (not expanded foam)
    • Fire resistant - does not sustain a flame.
    • Spare cut-outs for controls or RCDs on Main Switch rail.

     LC and W series switchboard masking panels are made from punched 1.2mm Zinc plated steel and powdercoated white. 

  • Gland Plates

    All S Series switchboards and custom switchboards come with 4mm grey PVC gland plates top and bottom unless stated.

    • Aluminium - 3mm thick.
    • Grey PVC - 4.5mm thick.

    These allow for:

    • Easy addition of extra cables.
    • No swarf from cutting through metal cabinets.
    • No sharp edges.
    • No eddy currents.
    • No more risky acrobatics on the end of an electric drill with a large hole saw.
    • Keeps switchboard dust and rodent free
  • Double Hinged Gear Trays

    Double Hinged Insulated Geartrays for S Series metalwork:
    We use a range of different materials for these gear trays;

    • Signex
    • Typanel
    • PVC

    These allow for:

    • Cable access up the back of the cabinet.
    • Ease of opening.
    • Hides cabling.
    • Acts as a cable duct.
  • Formica Geartrays

    Formica, or Typanel as its sometimes called is an insulated material that works well as a metal substitute gear tray. So well in fact that it has been mistaken as the old asbestos fuse panel it replaced. We use a 3 Axis CNC router to cut out our sheet materials to your specifications

    Black Formica sizes:

    • 4mm
    • 6mm
    • 10mm

    For more sheet product options, see our additional services page. 

  • Retro-fit Kits

    Need to upgrade the internals but want to keep the existing cabinet? This system is custom made from a series of rails, brackets, distribution and breakers, or whatever you need to fit directly into your switchboard. Please contact us for more information. 


FAQ

What is Multiclip Distribution?

Schneider Multiclip distribution allows the mixing of 1, 2, & 3 pole MCBs and RCBOs to be mounted on the same rail which also saves on space. These come in 3 or 4 Pole, full or 1/2 row (better suited for smaller applications where its a bit tight) and rated from 63A to 200A. 

What is Comb Bar Distribution?

Comb busbar can be used when there is smaller Amp rating. 100A, 1-3 pole and 12 or 24 way. This also can be a handy solution for smaller enclosures. Please note: you cannot mix & match MCBs & RCBOs on the same rail when you use comb bar. RCBOs don’t fit on the standard comb bar.

What PAN Assemblies does emf use?

PAN assemblies are the standard distribution system we use for MCBs and can be set up for various brands. Our PAN assemblies have steel bolts between the poles to prevent faults if there is a short circuit. RCBOs don’t fit on our PAN assemblies nor can you mix and match MCBs and RCBOs on the same PAN assembly.

I need extra breakers etc for my switchboard

Yes, we can wire your board so it is right ready to go, or supply them loose for you to wire in. Send us a list of what you need and we will take it from there. Please note, there will be an extra cost to you switchboard and possible lead time. 

How do I go about requesting a custom switchboard?

Follow this link to go the contact us page to request a quote if you have switchboard specifications to send through. Please include as much information as possible. 

emf Price list and Catalogue

Please contact us for trade pricing. You can also request a pdf or hardcopy catalogue.

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Stock & Availability

For complete IP rated enclosures, we aim to keep at least 10 of each size in stock (dependant on shipping and previous orders).  

Lead time from the date of order depends on the complexity of the switchboard, what size it is and how readily available the parts are. 

EMF

We take switchboard building seriously! At emf Switchboards, we are electricians building switchboards with the electrician in mind. Safety, reliability and simplicity are the key features of all our designs. Our aim is minimise installation costs while providing safe and reliable switchboard solutions to match the needs of the site.
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